John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

You're a beautiful person

I’m not a Donald Trump supporter, I don’t think he’ll make it to the general election but having been bushwhacked by the media in the past, I do support fair play in news reporting. I bring this up because Scott Pelley’s arrogant, aggressive and biased 60 Minutes interview of Donald Trump last Sunday night backfired and just delivered a couple of hundred thousand sympathy votes to the Trump campaign. Pelley’s obvious mission, agenda, was to toss Trump around and it didn’t work. Instead Pelley came across as angry and hyper. He accused Trump of using “A hurricane of words” while using a hurricane of words to talk over him and people are angry about it.  What Pelley didn’t bank on is the fact that many more Americans dislike and don’t trust the media than don’t like and don’t trust Trump.  


The Science of Resilience
By Renee Richardson

BAXTER - The power for a more positive, healthier and longer life in a complex world may have a profoundly simple center - and it has brain science to back it up.
Stress plays a part in personal lives and on the job. It's there in workers feeling burned out, potentially affecting their emotional and even physical well-being.
Those were some of the topics addressed during the recent Science of Resilience presentation by Bryan Sexton, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and director of the Duke Patient Safety Center at Duke University Health System in North Carolina. Sexton began looking at the issues of employee burnout and the power of resilience in his role at the patient safety center.
The results of scientific studies point to a path for greater happiness and longevity, as well as ways to handle the stresses of life at home and on the job through resilience. Sexton provided a full room gathered recently at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter with tools to strengthen their resilience. The event was sponsored by Crow Wing Energized and Essentia Health St. Joseph's Foundation.
Sexton said studies show it's not the amount of money people spend on themselves that makes a dent in their happiness, but there is a shift when they focus on others.
"Why?" he asked. "Because other people matter. For your resilience - other people matter."
Random acts of kindness have been shown to elevate the mood of the person for seven hours, Sexton said. One of the numerous subjects Sexton touched upon was cultivating gratitude, which he said was a lot like harnessing solar power.
To tap that power, positivity and the benefits of resiliency, Sexton suggested keeping a journal for 21 days and counting blessings instead of burdens. At the end of each night, he said writing down three good things from the day - even if it was just a list of incomplete sentences - was scientifically proven to elevate happiness, decrease depression, improve sleep and increase marital satisfaction.
Sexton also pointed to work on expressing gratitude to another person by taking five minutes to write them a letter. In the study, people who wrote the letter to someone either living or dead who impacted their lives in a positive way, were significantly happier and less depressed even five to six weeks later. Picking up the phone to read the letter to the individual, increased happiness even more.
Emotions are powerful, Sexton said, noting one such letter sent to a teacher for instance can be enough to turn around their own impression of whether their career has been successful. Doing this once a month has the power to make a difference in lives, Sexton said, noting it's typically easy to find eight people in one's life that deserve a letter of gratitude.
Little behaviors make a long-lasting impact on well-being, Sexton said.
"It's resonates with me the idea of being grateful and practicing gratitude in everyday life," Jackie Thurlow said. She is going to school and studying to be a health education specialist. Her mother, Mimi Thurlow, is a licensed practical nurse.
For Mimi Thurlow, the random acts of kindness are beneficial. She's practiced it herself, even paying for another shopper's groceries.
"It just makes me feel good inside to be able to do that," she said. "People have been so good to me."
Now Mimi Thurlow said she's able to pass that on and be grateful for what she has.
An upbeat Andrea Fercho said the session provided an "amazing tool to improve the positivity of people.
"I really want more people to be exposed to this - to hear the science behind it."
More information on the Science of Resilience will be in next week's Monday Motivator.
Evidence-based self-care tips to reduce stress
• Create a 30-40 minute island of inaccessibility each day. (Carve out some time for yourself).
• Single task whenever possible.
• Nap before predictable periods of sleep deprivation.
• Learn new information in the two hours before sleep onset. That means cramming for a test may be better served the night before and then sleeping rather than getting up early or pulling an all-nighter.
• Choose to sleep either less than three hours or more than five hours when sleep deprivation is unavoidable.
• Avoid chronic snooze button use.
• Create a sleep routine (dark room, no reading or TV watching in bed).
• Get at least five to seven minutes of natural sunlight daily. (Benefits include vitamin D). For circadian rhythms (or the body's 24-hour clock) sunrise and sunset are best.
• Exercise in the morning to boost energy, decrease stress hormones and improve sleep quality. • Avoid caffeine within four to six hours before going to sleep.
• Remember caffeine is a drug, not a food, and should be used as such.

You Can Catch Happiness But Not Depression, University of Warwick Study
Happiness Spreads But Depression Doesn’t
Having friends who suffer from depression doesn’t affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of Warwick.
The academics found that having friends can help teenagers recover from depression or even avoid becoming depressed in the first instance.
The findings are the result of a study of the way teenagers in a group of US high schools influenced each others’ mood. The academics used a mathematical model to establish if depression spreads from friend to friend.
Professor Frances Griffiths, head of social science and systems in health at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, said: “Depression is a major public health concern worldwide. But the good news is we’ve found that a healthy mood amongst friends is linked with a significantly reduced risk of developing and increased chance of recovering from depression.
“Our results offer implications for improving adolescent mood. In particular they suggest the hypothesis that encouraging friendship networks between adolescents could reduce both the incidence and prevalence of depression among teenagers.”
The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B entitled Spreading of healthy mood in adolescent social networks.
Using data from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health they looked at more than 2,000 adolescents in a network of US high school students. They examined how their mood influenced each other by modelling the spread of moods using similar methods to those used to track the spread of infectious diseases.
Individuals were classified as either having depressive symptoms (low mood) or not being depressed (healthy mood) according to the score cut-off associated with a clinical diagnosis of depression.
The team found that while depression does not ‘spread’, having enough friends with a healthy mood can halve the probability of developing, or double the probability of recovering from, depression over a six to 12 month period.
The mathematical model used suggests that adolescents who have five or more mentally healthy friends have half the probability of becoming depressed compared to adolescents with no healthy friends. And teenagers who have 10 healthy friends have double the probability of recovering from depressive symptoms compared to adolescents with just three healthy friends.
University of Warwick mathematics researcher Edward Hill is lead author of the research paper. He said: “In the context of depression, this is a very large effect size. Changing risk by a factor of two is unusual.
“Our results suggest that promotion of any friendship between adolescents can reduce depression since having depressed friends does not put them at risk, but having healthy friends is both protective and curative.”
Social factors such as living alone or having experienced abuse in childhood are already linked to depression. Also social support, such as having someone to talk to has been cited as important for recovery from depression.
However this study looks at the effect of being friends with people on the likelihood of developing depression or recovering from it.
Another author of the paper, Dr Thomas House senior lecturer in applied mathematics from the University of Manchester said: “It could be that having a stronger social network is an effective way to treat depression. More work needs to be done but it may be that we could significantly reduce the burden of depression through cheap, low-risk social interventions.
“As a society, if we enable friendships to develop among adolescents (for example providing youth clubs) each adolescent is more likely to have enough friends with healthy mood to have a protective effect. This would reduce the prevalence of depression.”
Other research into adolescent mental health by Warwick Medical School will be explored in an upcoming play called Cracked which is being performed by Santé Theatre Warwick 



The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era’s End


When it was over and the feature page was gone, dozens of reporters had been fired and the morning assignment editor was shown the door only minutes after handing out the morning’s first assignments, The Daily News — or what was left of it — was in a state of shock.
For weeks the staff had known that layoffs might be coming, and when they did come, on Sept. 16, it was with the swiftness of a Soviet-era purge. Newsroom veterans were summoned into an office and told about a digitally driven corporate restructuring.
Those outside the building were told their fates by phone — some while on vacation. One reporter was so left in the dark that when she got to work that day, there was already an intern in her seat.
“It was not the normal thing with a few cuts here and there,” said one employee who was fired and who, like many, spoke on the condition of anonymity because his severance package had not yet been delivered. “This was a total repositioning of the product.”
From The New York Herald to The New York Tribune (to say nothing of The New York Herald Tribune), newspapers have been dying in New York for nearly as long as they have been born. But to some journalists who have watched their share of these deaths, this month’s disembowelment of The Daily News seemed like something new.
At the very least the job cuts meant that the recent attrition at newspapers across the country had finally arrived in force in the nation’s media capital. But it also suggested something deeper — about the city and the industry. Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the owner of The News, known for its crusades against municipal misconduct, was dismissing ace reporters while bolstering his global online platform. William D. Holiber, the chief executive, had also created a satellite operation, in New Jersey, with a mission in part to aggregate content from across the web and repackage it for The News’s own site.
While both men promised that The Daily News would not give up its city-centric mandate, the shift toward a digital edition, which would read the same in Brooklyn and Bahrain, was the end of something. The News, after all, is the ultimate local paper, and the real-life model for Clark Kent’s Daily Planet. If focusing on the Internet was not the end of the tabloid itself, then perhaps it was the end of the city’s tabloid era.
“The Daily News has always been a New York paper for New York people,” said Michael Daly, a former News columnist, who naturally now works at The Daily Beast, an online publication. “It’s been part of the city’s life in a way no other paper has been — or at least it was till now.”
Since its founding in 1919, The News has occupied an inimitable niche, speaking to and for the city’s working class and offering a schizophrenic mix of titillating crime reportage and hard-hitting coverage of public issues. Unlike The New York Post, which has veered from left to right, the politics of The Daily News are flexibly centrist. And rather than portraying New York through the partisan divide between liberals and conservatives, The News has played up the more mythic rift between the city’s fiends and heroes.
For almost a century this big-hearted, quasi-cartoon style was a recipe for success, and at one time, The News was the country’s largest mass-market newspaper.
More recently, it has struggled at a time in which virtually all print publications have seen their circulations and advertising profits plummet and their once lucrative classified pages all but abandoned for online options like Craigslist.
From its former height of nearly one million copies a day, The News now has a daily circulation of slightly more than 300,000, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, about 130,000 copies of which are single-copy newsstand sales. Only five years ago, The News was selling about 346,000 newsstand copies daily on a total circulation of 525,000.
Given that the paper is said to lose between $20 million and $30 million a year (The Post, by comparison, has annual estimated losses of almost $100 million), Mr. Zuckerman put the paper up for sale in February, but after flirting with several suitors he withdrew it from the market last month.
Though he and Mr. Holiber have searched for outside income, opening their printing plant to 80 publications and starting a company that does web design and social-media marketing, they said they were compelled to invest heavily in The News’s digital presence.
“We’re focusing The News more and more on its online activities,” Mr. Zuckerman said in an interview last week, “because that’s where the audience is going. It’s a younger audience and that’s what advertisers want. If people don’t want horses and buggies anymore and they want to ride in automobiles, then you better damn well get into the auto business.”
It is hardly news that newspapers everywhere are grappling with the challenges of the Internet, but the ways in which The Daily News has approached this wrestling match have left some members of its staff worried that the paper has betrayed its mission in exchange for digital clicks. It was not just the bloodletting in the feature, sports and business pages, which, people noted, were some of the paper’s most beloved sections; several employees said that The News’s top executives, in their scramble for solutions, had made the paper more down-market and sensational — a tepid imitation of the Post.
“The mantra in the building is web, web, web,” said one reporter who lost his job this month. “But they haven’t figured out how to monetize the web yet. And so it just gets trashier and trashier in an effort to juice the numbers.”
Mr. Zuckerman insisted that The News would continue to cover the city with the same deep sourcing and doorstep reporting it has always used, not least because New York, he said, is a subject that intrigues the world. But in the wake of the layoffs, in tearful and occasionally drunken conversations, his troops expressed concern that the culture of the paper had irreparably changed.
“When I first got to The News, it was about all reporting and writing, but now it’s about self-promotion,” said one former veteran reporter. “I can’t remember the last time someone on the staff sent a note saying, ‘Hey, good piece.’ What they say now is, ‘Hey, we broke the March record for page views!’ ”
While one can scarcely ascribe this trend to The News, that it has infiltrated an institution that by tradition was built on gin and shoe leather raises the question of just how many of the young web surfers at Mr. Holiber’s aggregation shop would recognize the names Pete Hamill or Jimmy Breslin (hint: check Google). “That’s all over and done with,” Mr. Hamill said the other day when asked about the city’s tabloid epoch. “I looked at The News’s website today and you know what the lead was? O.J. Simpson. The pope’s in town. John Boehner just quit. And they lead with O. J.? These jerks piss me off.”
That, in case you missed it, was tabloid culture: caustic anger in the service of civic ideals. It could be said that The Daily News is, or was, the last vestige of that culture in New York. The New York Times has its own empyrean style and several years ago ended its stand-alone New York section, moving local coverage into the A section, with the paper’s national and foreign reports. As for The Post, it is hard to know what the paper cares about aside from sex, gossip and the shifting whims of its owner, Rupert Murdoch.
But for many years, The Daily News, available to actual New Yorkers, in their neighborhoods, offered up a seven-day feast of sweet and savory stories: meaty police reporting, salty columns on City Hall, fat analyses of the Mets’ starting pitchers and, for dessert, a smattering of cheesecake shots of models and celebrities.
“All that corny stuff about The News — how it’s the voice of the working people, the heart of New York — it’s all basically true,” Mr. Daly, the former columnist, said. “Every day it would prove that the common man and common woman weren’t so common. That actually, commonness is found more often among the rich and that distinction was found more often among the people who would buy The Daily News.”
“If you’ve got $1.25,” he finally said, “it’s still a helluva paper.”


Dint: 1. Force, power. 2. A dent. verb tr. To make a dent or to drive in with force. From Old English dynt (blow).


A dazed, hooded Marine clutches a can of food during his outfit’s retreat from the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War”, by David Douglas Duncan, December 1950

This is a book of short stories taken from the things I saw and heard in my childhood in the factory town of Ansonia in southwestern Connecticut. Most of these stories, or as true as I recall them because I witnessed these events many years ago through the eyes of child and are retold to you now with the pen and hindsight of an older man. The only exception is the story Beat Time which is based on the disappearance of Beat poet Lew Welch. Decades before I knew who Welch was, I was told that he had made his from California to New Haven, Connecticut, where was an alcoholic living in a mission. The notion fascinated me and I filed it away but never forgot it.      
The collected stories are loosely modeled around Joyce’s novel, Dubliners (I also borrowed from the novels character and place names. Ivy Day, my character in “Local Orphan is Hero” is also the name of chapter in Dubliners, etc.) and like Joyce I wanted to write about my people, the people I knew as a child, the working class in small town America and I wanted to give a complete view of them as well. As a result the stories are about the divorced, Gays, black people, the working poor, the middle class, the lost and the found, the contented and the discontented.
Conversely many of the stories in this book are about starting life over again as a result of suicide (The Hanging Party, Small Town Tragedy, Beat Time) or from a near death experience (Anna Bell Lee and the Charge of the Light Brigade, A Brief Summer)
and natural occurring death. (The Best Laid Plans, The Winter Years, Balanced and Serene)

With the exception of Jesus Loves Shaqunda, in each story there is a rebirth from the death. (Shaqunda is reported as having died of pneumonia in The Winter Years)
Sal, the desperate and depressed divorcee in Things Change, changes his life in Lunch Hour when asks the waitress for a date and she accepts. (Which we learn in Closing Time, the last story in the book) In The Arranged Time, Thisby is given the option of change and whether she takes it or, we don’t know. The death of Greta’s husband in A Matter of Time has led her to the diner and into the waiting arms of the outgoing and loveable Gabe.


In 1962, six year old John Tuohy, his two brothers and two sisters entered Connecticut’s foster care system and were promptly split apart. Over the next ten years, John would live in more than ten foster homes, group homes and state schools, from his native Waterbury to Ansonia, New Haven, West Haven, Deep River and Hartford. In the end, a decade later, the state returned him to the same home and the same parents they had taken him from. As tragic as is funny compelling story will make you cry and laugh as you journey with this child to overcome the obstacles of the foster care system and find his dreams.

That's me on the left, I don't know the horses name   

John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. He is the author of numerous non-fiction on the history of organized crime including the ground break biography of bootlegger Roger Tuohy "When Capone's Mob Murdered Touhy" and "Guns and Glamour: A History of Organized Crime in Chicago."
His non-fiction crime short stories have appeared in The New Criminologist, American Mafia and other publications. John won the City of Chicago's Celtic Playfest for his work The Hannigan's of Beverly, and his short story fiction work, Karma Finds Franny Glass, appeared in AdmitTwo Magazine in October of 2008.
His play, Cyberdate.Com, was chosen for a public performance at the Actors Chapel in Manhattan in February of 2007 as part of the groups Reading Series for New York project. In June of 2008, the play won the Virginia Theater of The First Amendment Award for best new play.
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A Russian Poet Is Celebrated in Scotland, a Land He Never Saw


EARLSTON, Scotland — Poetry has been a part of life in Earlston since the days of Thomas the Rhymer, a 13th-century bard who, according to legend, could foresee bloody battles, royal deaths and even the union of Scotland’s and England’s thrones.
But not even Thomas could have predicted that this small village, in a lush Scottish valley, would one day lay claim to one of Russia’s greatest poets: Mikhail Lermontov.
On Saturday, a bronze bust of Lermontov, whose verse is considered by many Russians as second only to Aleksandr Pushkin’s, will be unveiled on the tidy village green. There will be Russian and Scottish dancing, poetry readings and Russian guests — including at least one descendant of Lermontov, whose modern-day family has created and officially registered its own tartan.
Lermontov, who died in a duel in 1841 at age 26, never got to see Scotland. But he was a descendant of a Scottish soldier of fortune, George Learmonth, who settled in Russia in the early 17th century and adapted his name to Lermontov.
Though the earlier genealogy is murky, Learmonth is believed to have been a descendant of Thomas de Ercildoune — around whom the legend of Thomas the Rhymer is based — who lived in what is now Earlston in the 13th century.
Lermontov cherished the Scottish connection and was influenced at least indirectly by the folklore surrounding Thomas the Rhymer, who was said to have attained his prophetic powers after spending seven years under the spell of a faerie queen.
Scotland is mentioned in at least two of Lermontov’s poems. In “Yearning,” a raven flies over the land of his Scottish forebears:

Westwards, ever westwards would I fly,
Where flourish the lands of my forbears,
Where in an empty castle, on mist clad mountains,

Lermontov also admired Sir Walter Scott, who was inspired by the legends surrounding Thomas the Rhymer.

That poetic connection made Earlston a logical place to commemorate Lermontov’s Scottish link. John Paton-Day, the chairman of Earlston’s community council, said its population of less than 2,000 has welcomed the initiative.
“I have heard no voices against it at all,” he said. “People have taken it to their hearts.”
Next to the ruins of the reputed home of Thomas the Rhymer, John McKee, the owner of the Rhymers Tower Restaurant, said that the bust had stirred interest in the village. One of the goals of the event is to draw more tourism.
“There have been a few Russian customers in here,” he said. “They have obviously heard about the place, read about it and made their way here.”
Lermontov’s link to Thomas the Rhymer remained obscure here until 2011. One day, Gwen Hardie, who leads a group in Earlston that promotes awareness of Thomas the Rhymer and who helped organize the installation of the bust, answered her door to two visitors from Russia, one of whom was researching a book on Lermontov.
The next year, Ms. Hardie had another Russian visitor, Maria Koroleva, who is a descendant of Lermontov through her maternal line.
So intrigued was Ms. Koroleva by Lermontov’s Scottish connection that she learned Scottish Gaelic (spoken by about 58,000 people, about 1 percent of Scotland’s population), changed her first name to a Gaelic variant, Màiri Òg, and now teaches the language at Moscow State University.
“We believe that Lermontov inherited the gift of poetry and philosophy from Thomas the Rhymer,” Ms. Koroleva said by telephone from Moscow. “In Russia we believe that you cannot be a poet by yourself, just through hard work — that you cannot just decide that you are a poet, you must be gifted.”
However, building a Lermontov memorial did not prove straightforward. The first prototype had to be abandoned because it would have been 15 feet tall — suitable, perhaps, for a broad Moscow boulevard, but not for Earlston’s village green.
Then plans for a more modest bust failed when Russian funding fell through, Ms. Koroleva said.
 “I even went to church and prayed for the money,” she said. “I said to Lermontov, ‘You wanted to go to Scotland, so help me!’ ”
Soon someone did. A sculptor, Stepan Mokrousov-Guglielmi, offered to work without payment, and Ms. Koroleva raised around 400,000 rubles (about $6,000) for the bronze.
Even then, a technical error in the planning application caused the full unveiling to be postponed until now, a year after the 200th anniversary of Lermontov’s birth. Nevertheless, the project has already bound Scots and Russians together.
It is as if “one of our sons has come home,” Ms. Hardie said.
Ms. Hardie says she too is descended from the Learmonths, giving her, “in a roundabout way,” a place in the extended families of Thomas the Rhymer and Mikhail Lermontov.
A poet and novelist who runs a bed-and-breakfast here, Ms. Hardie has written an interpretation of Lermontov’s “Yearning” from English translations.
Ms. Koroleva considers Ms. Hardie part of her extended family, and someone who helped achieve something Lermontov never had time to do in his short, turbulent life.
“He really wanted to come to the land of his ancestors,” Ms. Koroleva said. “If we bring him in the form of a monument, it would be a consolation. We will have fulfilled his dream.”

Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself. Leo Buscaglia
No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
Lee Iacocca
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Bertrand Russell
May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love! Henry David Thoreau


Ban on foreign aid agencies by Ukraine's rebels

UN gives warning that the lives of millions of people may be at risk.
The leaders of the separatist Luhansk People's Republic have expelled most foreign humanitarian organisations from eastern Ukraine.
At least 10 agencies are affected, including the UN and Doctors Without Borders.
The reason for their expulsion is not clear.
But rebels have long been suspicious of foreign aid agencies, some of which they have accused of being spies.
Pro-Russia separatists occupied Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine after rebels began battling government forces in April last year.
The decision to ban aid agencies will make it especially difficult for people because of the upcoming harsh winter weather.
And the UN is warning of a looming humanitarian crisis.

Photographs I’ve taken

Berkley Springs West Virginia 

Las Vegas

Annapolis Md.

 Coronado Island

Upper Northwest Washington DC

  Coronado Island

 St. Louis Mo.
Old Town Alexandria Va.

WHY THE WORLD NEEDS EDITORS.....................


John Doherty


Bill seeks to make police records at private colleges public

Campus police at MIT investigated after students and faculty were evacuated for a reported chemical spill in October 2014.

By Shawn Musgrave 

On a recent Sunday, MIT students began receiving text alerts about an “active shooter.” Updates from MIT and Cambridge police quickly corrected that, saying a shooting had left a young woman wounded, but it was a few blocks from campus.
Both police forces investigated, but only the Cambridge Police Department’s report on the incident was a matter of public record.
Campus police can carry weapons, make arrests, and use force, just as any city or town officer can. Yet courts have ruled that campus police at private colleges and universities are exempt from the full sweep of the Massachusetts public records law, which requires government agencies to release most documents upon request, including police reports.
Legislation pending on Beacon Hill would change that.
State Representative Kevin Honan’s bill would revise the public records statute to expressly cover law enforcement records of all campus police. Honan, a Brighton Democrat, sees the measure as a matter of consumer choice as much as public interest.
“It’s important for parents and students, when choosing a college, to have accurate crime statistics at their disposal,” Honan said.
Transparency advocates say that because campus police have authority over students and nonstudents alike, their reports should be public. That is already the case at the University of Massachusetts Boston and other public institutions.
“Just because these officers have the name of a college on their cruiser doesn’t mean they should be allowed to operate in secrecy,” said Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition.
Universities contend that there is no public safety argument for bringing private university police under the public records statute, because certain records such as daily crime logs are already open to the public. Logs contain basic information, including the date, time, and location of an incident and the names of anyone arrested, while full reports have a more detailed narrative.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, whose members include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and nearly 60 other institutions of higher learning, testified against the bill in May. Robert McCarron, the association’s senior vice president, said the proposal may have a “chilling effect” on students’ willingness to go to campus police with information, thus undermining safety.
“Will a fellow student or professor share any concerns about another student’s erratic behavior if the information provided to campus police could appear in the school newspaper the following week?” McCarron asked.
The proposal to extend the public records law to campus police sits before a joint committee. It is unclear whether it will be taken up this year.
Six states — Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia — have opened all campus police reports to the public, either by court order or by legislation, according to the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Campus police in Massachusetts are empowered as “special state police officers,” a category that includes police employed by hospitals and railroads. As of June, 1,500 special state police officers were at work across Massachusetts, the vast majority at colleges and universities.
Twenty-one private colleges in Greater Boston have campus police forces. Harvard has 77 sworn officers, followed by Boston University with 67 (plus an additional 29 officers for its medical campus), and MIT with 59 officers. Wheelock College, which has fewer than 1,000 undergraduates, employs a single sworn officer.
In July 2013, Massachusetts’ top court ruled that campus police jurisdiction encompasses areas where students, faculty, and campus visitors “might be exposed to danger.”
No event illustrated the extent of campus law enforcement responsibility more dramatically than the Boston Marathon bombings and ensuing manhunt in 2013. After the slaying of MIT Officer Sean Collier, police from MIT, Harvard, and BU were among the hundreds of law enforcement officers who “self-deployed.”
In June, after the shooting of a knife-wielding suspect by State Police near its campus, BU police rejected a request for reports filed by its responding officers. Detective Lieutenant Peter DiDomenica responded that the BU Police Department would release the report only under subpoena.
Massachusetts case law supports this interpretation. In a suit brought by the Harvard Crimson, the university’s student newspaper, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled in January 2006 that the public records statute does not cover university police at private schools.
Massachusetts defines a public record as any document produced by a state or local government employee. A plain reading of the statute, the court reasoned, excludes police employed by nongovernmental bodies.
Federal and state law mandate certain disclosures by campus police, even at private universities. Under the federal Clery Act, educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance must publish an annual statistical report on campus crime, as well as a daily crime log open to the public. (Massachusetts law likewise requires all police departments to maintain a public log.)
All 21 Greater Boston colleges with police publish their annual Clery reports online, a review of those reports shows. But only Harvard and MIT post crime logs to their public safety websites, while police at Simmons College and Wheelock maintain handwritten logs. Ten institutions refused to send copies of their daily logs by e-mail, and a handful more did so only after numerous inquiries.
Some colleges allow people to view blotters only in person.
“The institute does not send out — electronically or otherwise — copies of its log sheets,” said Wentworth Institute of Technology spokesman Dennis Nealon.
College police departments that refused to send copies of daily crime logs include Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Curry College, Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons, Tufts University, Wentworth, and Wheelock.
Tufts provided photocopies of its logs during an onsite review at the Medford campus. All other colleges allowed photographs to be taken of their logs, but refused to provide printouts or other copies. This included BU police, who allow the public to access their electronic crime database via a computer kiosk in the lobby.
BU’s police department did not respond to inquiries about why its crime logs can be viewed in digital format onsite but are not provided by e-mail.
Still, campus police departments said that transparency remains a core goal.
“We in campus policing strive to be transparent in our dealings with our campus communities not only because of the obligations imposed under Title IX and the Clery Act, but also because this is the most effective way to accomplish our campus public safety mission,” said Suffolk University’s police chief, Chip Coletta, whose department provided its logs upon request by e-mail.
Sworn officers at Greater Boston colleges
Twenty-one private colleges in Greater Boston employ special state police officers. The numbers, by college, as of June:

Boston University
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston College
Northeastern University
Tufts University
Suffolk University
Lasell College
Babson College
Mount Ida College
Brandeis University
Emerson College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wellesley College
Curry College
Simmons College
Emmanuel College
MCPHS University
Fisher College
Berklee College of Music
Wheelock College
SOURCE: Massachusetts State Police

This investigation was done for the Globe in collaboration with MuckRock, a Boston company that specializes in obtaining government documents through records requests. Shawn Musgrave can be reached at shawn@muckrock.com.



The Grain of Sound
By Robert Morgan

A banjo maker in the mountains,
when looking out for wood to carve
an instrument, will walk among
the trees and knock on trunks. He'll hit
the bark and listen for a note.
A hickory makes the brightest sound;
the poplar has a mellow ease.
But only straightest grain will keep
the purity of tone, the sought-
for depth that makes the licks sparkle.
A banjo has a shining shiver.
Its twangs will glitter like the light
on splashing water, even though
its face is just a drum of hide
of cow, or cat, or even skunk.
The hide will magnify the note,
the sad of honest pain, the chill
blood-song, lament, confession, haunt,
as tree will sing again from root
and vein and sap and twig in wind
and cat will moan as hand plucks nerve,
picks bone and skin and gut and pricks
the heart as blood will answer blood
and love begins to knock along the grain.

Robert Morgan (born 1944) is a poet, short story writer, and novelist. He studied at North Carolina State University as an engineering and mathematics major, transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an English major, graduating in 1965, and completed an MFA degree at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1968. He has taught at Cornell University since 1971.

A Conversation with Love & Money Playwright A.R. Gurney


It's several hours before show time and playwright A.R. Gurney sits happily among the groups of people milling about the foyer of the Pershing Square Signature Center, home to the Signature Theatre Company, which is presenting his latest work, Love & Money. The octogenarian, a native of Buffalo, New York, has been writing plays for nearly half a century, mostly wry comedies about his own white Anglo-Saxon Protestant upbringing. Gurney is famous for his acute observation of a privileged and disappearing class—characters with impeccable breeding and private-school educations, who sip martinis at cocktail hour and give perfect dinner parties, regardless of the disruptions that shake the world around them. Love & Money, about a wealthy widow who's decided to give away most of her money and possessions before she dies because she feels she has “committed the crime of having too much money,” is playing at the off-Broadway venue through October 4. I sat down with Gurney to discuss his latest work, how his plays have been labeled, and the risk that often comes with putting so much of himself, and his family, on the stage.
You've said that you didn't expect to be writing a new play, but here you are with Love & Money. How did that come about?
It arose from coming here to the Signature Theatre. They were doing two revivals of mine and said, “How about writing a new play?” I had just finished a play for the Flea Theater and I didn't feel like writing, but the atmosphere here is just wonderful. Just look around: The audience tends to create itself before you go in. You see yourself as a theatergoer among many theatergoers, which is different from, say, Broadway, where they like to make you stand in line and then rush you to your seat.
So, here I am at 84 years old and I felt like I was going through an experience I had when I was about 24. I had the first reading of the play and it just didn't seem to work at all, but I saw what I might be able to do with it. I had this off-stage character and the director, Mark Lamos, suggested I bring her around at the end, so I did. By the time the play was through, I had five or six more turns for that character. It was that kind of experience: returning to it, rewriting it, testing it. You know, when I went to the Yale School of Drama, we were constantly told plays aren't written, but rewritten. We did a lot of tuning and cutting on this play, and it was a great pleasure. And I'm proud of what came out.
Did you know what the play was going to be about when you started?
I didn't. I've written plays where I had to do research and grasp a new subject. Some have worked and some haven't, but I didn't think I'd have the time, so I turned to the culture that I grew up in. And I turned to—and exaggerated and amplified—an experience my wife and I are going through now, namely de-acquisitioning things, moving to a smaller place and handing out a lot of furniture to our children. It's about simplifying our lives so when we die they aren't going to be loaded with stuff to do.
But in the end, what was exciting was that the actors were very good and they were very responsive to what I was doing. For instance, the character who originally had six lines is Agnes [played by Pamela Dunlap], the Irish maid. In the process of rewriting, I realized the maid should be very important, because the culture I am writing about couldn't live without someone in the kitchen. This is a terrific maid, as she's been very well taken care of financially, and she's great pals with Cornelia Cunningham [played by Maureen Anderman], the matriarch of the house. She's a major guest at the dinner party at the end.
Do you mind that you're invariably described as the WASP playwright?
I used to. The standard cliché was “WASP chronicler.” which sounded as if I was just copying things down. But I recognize that you're bound to be categorized. John Cheever was called a WASP chronicler and Faulkner was called a Southern writer.
Did your family and relatives object to your putting their lives on stage?
Yes! A lot of people did. My play Family Furniture, which we did at the Flea Theater in 2013, is fairly close to home. It's about an affair that my mother had. The children of the man, even though he was a different character in the play, and I masked the name, they knew it immediately and were furious with me for even bringing up what was supposed to be a total secret. We're talking about three generations ago! My father, of course, didn't like it at all when I wrote plays, because he thought I was poking fun at my family, which I was.
It does seem, however, that even while you criticize the culture you also care about the characters and uphold their better values.
I'm glad to hear you say that. And don't you think that's true about Cornelia? I hope the audience likes her. She's kind of batty at times, but her heart's in the right place. I think this play, and I couldn't believe I was doing this, is the radically dramatic and critical of my own culture. But at the end, the culture reasserts itself, I hope, in a better way. They all end up a dinner party and there's nothing like a good dinner party to bring people together.
Love & Money introduces a young African American into this closed world. Would you say that in recent decades that you've become more and more interested in how outsiders affect the WASP families in your plays?
I think so. It would be hard for me to describe to you how hermetic and unchallenged this culture was, that I grew up in, partly because Buffalo itself was kind of sealed off from the rest of the world at that time. My mother and father were both born in Buffalo and so were all my grandparents. So we were very tight families. They didn't always mix, but they were all there. It was only when I was in the Navy that I began to realize that there were other things in the world, and realized some of the silly limitations in my own culture. So when I came back, I couldn't help but want to write about it.
I don't think I had ever written an African-American role before. I kept saying to Gabriel Brown, who plays the part of Walker in the play, “Is this racist? Does this offend you in any way?” I also talked to his mother and aunt who were there. Of course, some of the things that I thought were racist turned out not to be, and vice versa.
In the play this young man is offered a pathway to the theater as a way out of his circumstances…
I think it's salvation for a lot of young people where it wasn't before. There were no interns in the theaters when I was growing up. Look around at the number of young people that are now interns in the theater—and not simply because they like opera and plays. They see the internship as leading in a number different ways: toward television, for example, toward writing.
When you started working with the younger people in the profession, at the Flea Theater about a decade ago, did it seem like a new phase in your career?
It did. Swoosie Kurtz called and said she was doing this play called The Guysin a place called the Flea and that it was a terrific play about 9/11. So I went over and saw it, and I met Jim Simpson, who was the artistic director at the time. And he said, “If you ever wanted to do a play, we'll do it here.” So, one thing led to another and I worked with Jim on seven or eight plays. Some of them were pretty scatterbrained and…
And very political.
Yes. At that time it was George W. Bush. He was so much of the culture that I came from. I just could not abide with that guy being the president and doing what he was doing—which made some of my plays rather simple-minded and polemic. But some of them worked out. There was one called Mrs. Farnsworthwith John Lithgow and Sigourney Weaver, which I think was quite good. And I also liked working with limited finances—dancing with chains, as they say. And also hearing what the young people had to say.
Your play Sylvia is about to be revived on Broadway, but when you wrote it just over 20 years ago you said you found it difficult to get it produced. Can you tell us little about how that play came about?
Yes, it's very popular now, but at the time they said, “You can't ask a female actress to play a dog!” I've always had a dog, and I was always the one in the family who was responsible for the dog. So I've always written about dogs. In this particular case I was working, writing something out in the country, while my wife was working in town. She came over for the weekend and there was this dog. She was furious. She said, “You didn't tell me about this. Either you or that dog has got to go.” And, so, the pain, agony, and love that I had for this dog merged into the play.
What's next? Will you continue writing?
The two plays of mine that were revived here at Signature, What I Did Last Summer and The Wayside Motor Inn, were very well received this time. They were slaughtered by the critics when they first came out. So not only did I feel somewhat redeemed by that, there's this new one, Love & Money, which emerged through rewrites, which I personally think came out rather nicely. I have two new ones, which go together and I want to do at the Flea, but I certainly don't want to overload the circuits. I'm not Sophocles. He wrote his last play, I think, when he was 90. It takes a lot out of me. I get all wound-up and I just need to relax a little. So maybe if I'm still alive, as my father used to say, maybe you'll see them at the end of next year.

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From the Author
I spent my childhood, from age seven through seventeen, in foster care.  Over the course of those ten years, many decent, well-meaning, and concerned people told me, "It's okay to be foster kid."
In saying that, those very good people meant to encourage me, and I appreciated their kindness then, and all these many decades later, I still appreciate their good intentions. But as I was tossed around the foster care system, it began to dawn on me that they were wrong.  It was not all right to be a foster kid.
During my time in the system, I was bounced every eighteen months from three foster homes to an orphanage to a boy's school and to a group home before I left on my own accord at age seventeen.
In the course of my stay in foster care, I was severely beaten in two homes by my "care givers" and separated from my four siblings who were also in care, sometimes only blocks away from where I was living.
I left the system rather than to wait to age out, although the effects of leaving the system without any family, means, or safety net of any kind, were the same as if I had aged out. I lived in poverty for the first part of my life, dropped out of high school, and had continuous problems with the law.
 Today, almost nothing about foster care has changed.  Exactly what happened to me is happening to some other child, somewhere in America, right now.  The system, corrupt, bloated, and inefficient, goes on, unchanging and secretive.
Something has gone wrong in a system that was originally a compassionate social policy built to improve lives but is now a definitive cause in ruining lives.  Due to gross negligence, mismanagement, apathy, and greed, mostly what the foster care system builds are dangerous consequences. Truly, foster care has become our epic national disgrace and a nightmare for those of us who have lived through it.
Yet there is a suspicion among some Americans that foster care costs too much, undermines the work ethic, and is at odds with a satisfying life.  Others see foster care as a part of the welfare system, as legal plunder of the public treasuries.
 None of that is true; in fact, all that sort of thinking does is to blame the victims.  There is not a single child in the system who wants to be there or asked to be there.  Foster kids are in foster care because they had nowhere else to go.  It's that simple.  And believe me, if those kids could get out of the system and be reunited with their parents and lead normal, healthy lives, they would. And if foster care is a sort of legal plunder of the public treasuries, it's not the kids in the system who are doing the plundering.
 We need to end this needless suffering.  We need to end it because it is morally and ethically wrong and because the generations to come will not judge us on the might of our armed forces or our technological advancements or on our fabulous wealth.
 Rather, they will judge us, I am certain, on our compassion for those who are friendless, on our decency to those who have nothing and on our efforts, successful or not, to make our nation and our world a better place.  And if we cannot accomplish those things in the short time allotted to us, then let them say of us "at least they tried."
You can change the tragedy of foster care and here's how to do it.  We have created this book so that almost all of it can be tweeted out by you to the world.  You have the power to improve the lives of those in our society who are least able to defend themselves.  All you need is the will to do it.
 If the American people, as good, decent and generous as they are, knew what was going on in foster care, in their name and with their money, they would stop it.  But, generally speaking, although the public has a vague notion that foster care is a mess, they don't have the complete picture. They are not aware of the human, economic and social cost that the mismanagement of the foster care system puts on our nation.
By tweeting the facts laid out in this work, you can help to change all of that.  You can make a difference.  You can change things for the better.
We can always change the future for a foster kid; to make it better ...you have the power to do that. Speak up (or tweet out) because it's your country.  Don't depend on the "The other guy" to speak up for these kids, because you are the other guy.
We cannot build a future for foster children, but we can build foster children for the future and the time to start that change is today.

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